By WECT Staff | September 18, 2020 at 4:45 PM EDT – Updated September 21 at 8:41 PM
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) – New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) will host a series of virtual town hall meetings for families on the district’s transition to Plan B, Tuesday, September 29, Wednesday, September 30 and Thursday, October 1, not September 22-24 as previously announced.
According to NHCS, this is due to state changes in Plan A/B/C guidance to school districts.
A panel of NHCS leaders will respond to questions about the 2020-2021 school year and Plans A, B and C. The panel will include Superintendent Dr. Charles Foust and staff representatives for instruction, transportation, child nutrition, facilities, student services, technology, communications and finance.
NHCS voted Tuesday, September 15 to reopen schools under Plan B beginning the second grading period on or after October 5.
Governor Cooper also announced Thursday, September 17 that school districts could transition Pre-K through Grade 5 students to Plan A.
On July 15, NHCS agreed upon a hybrid option for Plan B where students have a three-week rotation of attending school in-person for one week followed by two weeks of online school.
This was before an about-face, July 28 when board members voted to begin school under Plan C for the first grading period.
Other school districts have been operating an A/B schedule for Plan B where students attend school for two days each week and work from home the other three days. NHC School Board members commented at Tuesday’s meeting that some parents had expressed interest in this option.
The district will hold three separate virtual events from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., with the option to extend 30 minutes, on the following dates:
- Tuesday, September 29 – Pre-K and Elementary Schools
- Wednesday, September 30 – LatinX Families (Partnered with UNCW Latino Alliance)
- Thursday, Ocotber 1 – Middle and High Schools
Families unable to attend the events may submit their questions to NHCSPLANBQuestions@nhcs.net prior to and during the events. Recordings of each Town Hall will be available for viewing on NHCS-TV after each broadcast.
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